18 Jul 2013 1:00pm - 5:15pm SG1, Alison Richard Building


Cambridge University Library holds the complete papers of the Board of Longitude through the eighteenth century until its abolition in 1828. This collection throws a vivid light on the role of the British state in encouraging invention and discovery, on the energetic culture of technical ingenuity in the long eighteenth century, and on many aspects of exploration and maritime travel in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic.

This meeting marks the online release of a digitised version of this archive and many related manuscript and printed materials of crucial importance for understanding the cultures of travel, invention and inquiry in the long eighteenth century. The project has been supported by JISC and forms part of the Cambridge Digital Library. This remarkable digital archive consolidates resources held at Cambridge University Library as well the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, together with detailed metadata and contextual resources to place the material within a rich intellectual framework.

Speakers at the meeting will address the historic importance of the archive and of the Board of Longitude, as well as discussing important issues in digital humanities and the role of researchers in the production and interpretation of such digitised collections.

The meeting will be followed by a reception and the official launch of the online collection at the University Library. 

Confirmed speakers include:
Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire)
David Philip Miller (University of New South Wales)
Larry Stewart (University of Saskatchewan)
Sophie Waring (University of Cambridge) 

Programme and Registration
Please click on the links at the right hand side of the page to see the programme and register your place online.The event is free to attend.


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk